The arrival of the Spanish maestro Juan Mata heralds a new dawn for Man United in transfer dealings over the coming year. David Moyes has already identified more targets to possibly sign in the coming days or in the summer in his attempt to make this Manchester United squad his own. The overhaul of players that David Moyes is planning is set to be the biggest in 20 years of Manchester United history.
David Moyes has long been an admirer of German football and so it is no wonder that he has been travelling to several Bundesliga games to scout potential buys and make links with those players agents. The papers and tabloids are already calling it Moyes ‘Bundesliga reconnaissance mission’ as he has already been putting in the groundwork for potential transfers with players and agents. The club are acutely aware that they need to spend and spend big if they are to reach the heights of English football again , not a mind if they don’t achieve Champions League football. As we all know , the club was hugely embarrassed over the summer as Moyes and Woodward’s transfer approaches turned into a mire of failed deals. Bids for Gareth Bale , Cesc Fabregas , Ander Herrera and Leighton Baines all failed miserably and United had to make do with the signing of Marouane Fellaini who has been a non-factor this season. Moyes has been fishing around in recent months in Germany looking for potential deals in January and the Summer. Names that are really beginning to stand out in his search are German international stars Toni Kroos and Marco Reus who both have buy-out clauses with their respective clubs and have contracts that are running down. Toni Kroos is definitely one to watch out for in the summer anyway along with great interest from United along with other clubs in Dortmund’s fantastic center midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. Moyes as you’d expect does not expect to get all three but he may very well get one of them and he also has a budding interest in unsettled Bayern Munich centre back Dante. Luke Shaw is another man high on Moyes’ wish list and a bid of up to £22 million has been put in in recent days that trumps Chelsea’s bid by 1.5 million. The next 5 days up to transfer deadline day could very well see one or two more signings by the league champions.
All these possible incoming transfers even though most are speculation , will be balanced out by a truck load of departures at Manchester United which has already begun. Anderson of course left for Fiorentina last week and Wilfried Zaha and Fabio are also expected to complete loan moves to Cardiff City by tomorrow. The more senior figures at Manchester United who are expected to leave in the summer include Vidic , Evra , Hernandez , Nani , Young and Ferdinand as Moyes is determined to lower the average age of his squad and make them more competitive. The overhaul at Manchester United is going to be something to behold over the next 8 months or so and David Moyes knows that the recruitment’s he makes over that period will be absolutely vital to his successful future at the club. Moyes’ courage and ‘go-get them’ attitude has to be admired in the way that he is constantly building up a rapport with transfer targets agents over the last few months as you get the feeling he has lost patience with Ed Woodward to close deals for him and so he is now taking the initiative himself. It is no doubt a bold statement of intent by Moyes , but some United supporters may understandably fear that his drive to clinch deals on his own accord may well deflect his attention away from actually producing much needed results on the pitch with his current crop of largely mediocre players. On the other hand though , Moyes doesn’t really have anything to lose after already surrendering any real chance of winning silverware this season on Wednesday night at Old Trafford. Moyes seems determined now to be the ‘sales-man’ for Manchester United as he tries to directly persuade certain targets to join his flailing team.
The process of transfer dealings in the summer was a complete and utter failure on the clubs part , but the capture of Mata has changed the dynamics of things. It was a very unusual transfer to say the least and not least because it was a club-record deal for United. This was a deal which was largely done through middle-men as many warned that a direct approach by United would have immediately collapsed any potential of a deal. The frontrunners to acquire Mata in January seemed to be either PSG or Atletico Madrid who were interested in a loan deal but both broke down and so United stepped up their interest as their season began to go from bad to worse in recent weeks. A fee of £37 million finally became acceptable to Chelsea from United and the negotiations then gathered steam. For Mourinho the substantial bid from United put Mata’s future in the hands of the board but as we know the ‘Special One’ had already been eyeing up a replacement. When the bid for Mata was accepted , contingency plans had already been made by Chelsea and Mourinho as they began to broker a deal for Basel’s Egyptian star Mohammed Salah and thus , scuppering Liverpool’s attempts at signing him. The signing of Salah for £20 million is expected to be announced in the coming hours or days and so Chelsea will believe they have found a viable replacement for their twice named club player of the year , Juan Mata. Chelsea will therefore believe that they have done better from the Mata deal but the fact is that United are cash-rich , talent-less in most parts of their squad and needed a marquee signing like Mata. Only time will tell though who has gained the most from the transfer. Something tells me though that United have with the exceptional playmaking abilities of the Spaniard and he may not be the last of their January signings as they attempt t0 save whats left of their season.
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